2018 Vocational Program Rankings: Welding

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

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NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as % of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
Northern Wyoming Community College District ( WY ) *$52,2250.84$446$3,485Pass
Riverland Community College ( MN ) *$50,8450.9$461$3,602Pass
Ashland Community And Technical College ( KY ) *$49,0361.05$517$4,039Pass
Wharton County Junior College ( TX ) *$46,1621.09$506$3,953Pass
Anoka Technical College ( MN ) *$45,8060.88$468$3,656Pass
Northland Community And Technical College ( MN ) *$44,6681.04$483$3,774Pass
Texas State Technical College Harlingen ( TX ) *$44,3580.58$280$2,188Pass
Western Technical College ( WI ) *$43,5461.69$738$5,766Pass
Avtec - Alaska'S Institute Of Technology ( AK ) *$43,5281.15$528$4,125Pass
St. Cloud Technical And Community College ( MN ) *$42,5141.78$759$5,930Pass
South Texas College ( TX ) *$42,5000$0$0Pass
North Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$41,8170$0$0Pass
Lakeshore Technical College ( WI ) *$41,1920.77$318$2,485Pass
Alexandria Technical And Community College ( MN ) *$40,7171.86$759$5,930Pass
Ridgewater College ( MN ) *$40,0782.28$914$7,141Pass
Chippewa Valley Technical College ( WI ) *$39,3382.41$949$7,415Pass
Georgia Northwestern Technical College ( GA ) *$39,0390$0$0Pass
Hobart Institute Of Welding Technology ( OH ) $38,9901.87$759$5,930Pass
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ( WI ) *$38,7721.24$483$3,774Pass
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ( WI ) *$38,5701.25$483$3,774Pass
Frank Phillips College ( TX ) *$38,2290$0$0Pass
Clarendon College ( TX ) *$37,6910.99$397$3,102Pass
Welder Training & Testing Institute ( PA ) °$37,6341.97$759$5,930Pass
Dunwoody College Of Technology ( MN ) $37,5545.7$2,141$16,728Pass
George C. Wallace Community College ( AL ) *$37,3860$0$0Pass
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ( WI ) *$37,2702.03$759$5,930Pass
Blackhawk Technical College ( WI ) *$36,9301.3$483$3,774Pass
Dakota County Technical College ( MN ) *$36,9272.05$759$5,930Pass
Iowa Central Community College ( IA ) *$36,6332.17$796$6,219Pass
Indian Hills Community College ( IA ) *$36,2012.47$897$7,008Pass
Central Lakes College ( MN ) *$35,9031.57$630$4,922Pass
Modern Welding School ( NY ) °$35,8903.65$1,311$10,243Pass
Hawkeye Community College ( IA ) *$35,4281.19$425$3,321Pass
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical ( MN ) *$35,3282.14$759$5,930Pass
Cda Technical Institute ( FL ) °$35,2622.28$807$6,305Pass
Madison Area Technical College ( WI ) *$35,1902.15$759$5,930Pass
Coastal Pines Technical College ( GA ) *$35,0470$0$0Pass
Greenville Technical College ( SC ) *$34,9721.85$674$5,266Pass
East Central Community College ( MS ) *$34,9240$0$0Pass
Spartanburg Community College ( SC ) *$34,6310$0$0Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( CT ) °$34,3564.82$1,657$12,946Pass
Northeast Community College ( NE ) *$34,1500.79$277$2,164Pass
Iowa Lakes Community College ( IA ) *$33,5982.25$758$5,922Pass
Piedmont Technical College ( SC ) *$33,4680.69$232$1,813Pass
North Central Kansas Technical College ( KS ) *$33,1592.16$759$5,930Pass
Miller - Motte Technical College ( TN ) °$33,1534.19$1,392$10,876Pass
Saint Paul College - A Community & Technical College ( MN ) *$32,6272.85$933$7,290Pass
Advanced Welding Institute ( VT ) °$32,5772.15$701$5,477Pass
Ohio Technical College ( OH ) °$32,5223.58$1,165$9,102Pass
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Olney Central College ( IL ) *$32,2630$0$0Pass
Bay De Noc Community College ( MI ) *$32,2080.83$269$2,102Pass
Onondaga Cortland Madison Boces ( NY ) *$32,1342.13$685$5,352Pass
Texas State Technical College ( TX ) *$31,8882.38$923$7,211Pass
Nicolet Area Technical College ( WI ) *$31,8080.84$276$2,156Pass
Fox Valley Technical College ( WI ) *$31,3901.45$456$3,563Pass
Central New Mexico Community College ( NM ) *$31,1320.83$261$2,039Pass
Lincoln College Of Technology ( IN ) °$31,1213.96$1,311$10,243Pass
Jefferson Davis Community College ( AL ) *$31,0590$0$0Pass
Advanced Technology Institute ( VA ) °$30,7975.71$1,760$13,751Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Hartsville ( TN ) *$30,6440$0$0Pass
Copiah-Lincoln Community College ( MS ) *$30,5100$0$0Pass
Everett Community College ( WA ) *$30,3140.64$197$1,539Pass
Black River Technical College ( AR ) *$29,8000$0$0Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$29,7345.15$1,533$11,977Pass
Gadsden State Community College ( AL ) *$29,7020$0$0Pass
Southwest Mississippi Community College ( MS ) *$29,6990$0$0Pass
Pacific Coast Trade School ( CA ) °$29,6492.79$828$6,469Pass
Tulsa Welding School ( OK ) °$29,6234.12$1,311$10,243Pass
Florence - Darlington Technical College ( SC ) *$29,5520$0$0Pass
Orangeburg - Calhoun Technical College ( SC ) *$29,2990.04$13$102Pass
South Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$29,2690$0$0Pass
Alabama Southern Community College ( AL ) *$29,2560$0$0Pass
Fred W. Eberle Technical Center ( WV ) *$28,9680$0$0Pass
White Mountains Community College ( NH ) *$28,5182.58$759$5,930Pass
South Central Louisiana Technical College ( LA ) *$28,4430$0$0Pass
Indian Capital Technology Center, School District Number 4 ( OK ) *$28,2820$0$0Pass
Texas Vocational School ( TX ) °$28,2651.58$566$4,422Pass
Northwest Kansas Technical College ( KS ) *$27,9172.1$618$4,828Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Athens ( TN ) *$27,7240$0$0Pass
East Mississippi Community College ( MS ) *$27,4930.76$209$1,633Pass
Great Oaks Career Campuses-Scarlet Oaks ( OH ) *$27,4923.39$933$7,290Pass
Northcentral Technical College ( WI ) *$27,3962.55$706$5,516Pass
Community Care College ( OK ) °$27,3015.44$1,487$11,618Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Pulaski ( TN ) *$27,1890$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Jacksboro ( TN ) *$27,0500$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Mckenzie ( TN ) *$26,9910$0$0Pass
Cisco College ( TX ) *$26,8710$0$0Pass
Des Moines Area Community College ( IA ) *$26,8572.7$727$5,680Pass
Great Falls College Montana State University ( MT ) *$26,8321.54$438$3,422Pass
Milwaukee Area Technical College ( WI ) *$26,8131.9$510$3,985Pass
Coffeyville Community College ( KS ) *$26,7041.21$379$2,961Pass
Western Technical College ( TX ) °$26,2447.95$2,572$20,095Pass
Western Texas College ( TX ) *$26,1620$0$0Pass
New Castle School Of Trades ( PA ) °$26,1313.75$980$7,657Pass
Chattanooga State Community College ( TN ) *$25,9550.56$155$1,211Pass
Southern Regional Technical College ( GA ) *$25,9180$0$0Pass
Holmes Community College ( MS ) *$25,8520$0$0Pass
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$25,7030$0$0Pass
North American Trade Schools ( MD ) °$25,6364.07$1,052$8,219Pass
Alliance City Schools Career Centre ( OH ) *$25,5710$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Crossville ( TN ) *$25,4370$0$0Pass
Ho Ho Kus Schl Of Trade & Tech Sciences ( NJ ) °$25,2713.8$1,011$7,899Pass
Sauk Valley Community College ( IL ) *$25,1810$0$0Pass
Northeast Technology Center ( OK ) *$24,9300$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Nashville ( TN ) *$24,8740$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Morristown ( TN ) *$24,4400$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Jackson ( TN ) *$24,4020$0$0Pass
Polaris Career Center - Adult Education Department ( OH ) *$23,9181.78$483$3,774Pass
Vatterott College ( MO ) °$23,82810.95$2,761$21,572Zone
Trinity Valley Community College ( TX ) *$23,8050$0$0Pass
Midwest Technical Institute ( IL ) °$23,5685.34$1,311$10,243Pass
Northwest Mississippi Community College ( MS ) *$23,4750$0$0Pass
Hinds Community College ( MS ) *$23,2131.14$284$2,219Pass
Grand Rapids Community College ( MI ) *$22,4292.67$600$4,688Pass
Emily Griffith Technical College ( CO ) *$22,0750$0$0Pass
Spokane Community College ( WA ) *$22,0071.87$412$3,219Pass
Augusta Technical College ( GA ) *$21,8120$0$0Pass
Dean Institute Of Technology ( PA ) °$21,7775.38$1,276$9,969Pass
Albany Technical College ( GA ) *$21,5521.53$405$3,164Pass
Fortis Institute ( MD ) °$21,1385.68$1,201$9,383Pass
Mississippi Delta Community College ( MS ) *$20,9670$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Elizabethton ( TN ) *$20,5380$0$0Pass
Platt College ( OK ) °$20,1238.37$1,795$14,024Pass
Central Carolina Technical College ( SC ) *$20,0371.8$483$3,774Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Memphis ( TN ) *$19,8630$0$0Pass
Hill College ( TX ) *$19,7350$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology Whiteville ( TN ) *$19,7230$0$0Pass
Apex Technical School ( NY ) °$19,5046.97$1,635$12,774Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Crump ( TN ) *$19,4400$0$0Pass
South Central Career Center ( MO ) *$19,2490$0$0Pass
Oconee Fall Line Technical College ( GA ) *$18,3940$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Shelbyville ( TN ) *$17,9490$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Covington ( TN ) *$17,1600$0$0Pass
Center For Employment Training ( CA ) $16,7762.55$514$4,016Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Harriman ( TN ) *$15,7940$0$0Pass
Green River College ( WA ) *$15,5380.89$204$1,594Pass
All-State Career ( MD ) °$15,0769.01$1,764$13,782Zone
Tidewater Tech ( VA ) °$14,1347.26$1,311$10,243Pass
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College ( CA ) *$13,9080$0$0Pass
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College ( LA ) *$13,8390$0$0Pass
J. F. Drake State Community And Technical College ( AL ) *$13,2860$0$0Pass
Washington County Adult Skill Center ( VA ) *$12,0420$0$0Pass
City Colleges Of Chicago - Kennedy King College ( IL ) *$11,3210.83$127$992Pass
Peninsula College ( WA ) *$8,7390$0$0Pass
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